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Translating the intellectual in Britain: The Cenotaph yob and other representations of dissent

Blanchet, Beatrice 2013. Translating the intellectual in Britain: The Cenotaph yob and other representations of dissent. Journal of European Studies 43 (1) , pp. 60-74. 10.1177/0047244112469779

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Abstract

The media coverage of the 2010 British student protests has highlighted the centrality of pervasive discourses on the absence of a culture of dissent in Britain while reviving representations of the intellectual as estranged and alienated from Britishness. Reflections on British exceptionalism entail a selection of chosen pasts and idealized/demonized geographical ‘elsewheres’, which contrast the vision of law-abiding Britain with the insurrectional continent. In an attempt to comprehend the new forms of social protest, debates regarding student ‘riots’ invoked post-revolutionary tropes of identity and otherness in Britain: black-hooded foreigners were regarded as vectors of disorder linked with images of contagion, until a figure of the home-grown intellectual blended multilayered narratives on the nation, its aliens and dissenters.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Britishness; dissent; intellectuals; media; youth
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0047-2441
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:32
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/61522

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